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Througout Dutch history, several tales have been told about the Meerman and his female counterpart the [[Meermin]].
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Througout Dutch history, several tales have been told about the '''Meerman''' and his female counterpart the [[Meermin]]. Human encounters with these elusive creatures often ended in tragedy however, with the Dutch being eager to capitalize on their captivity.
   
==Friesland==
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==Encounters==
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Several stories have been told about the merfolk, with the [[Zeeland]] story of [[Westenschouwen]] probably being the most renowned merman encounter. However, other parts of the Netherlands claimed to have seen them as well. It was said that in the year 130, a big group of Mermen visited the coast of [[Friesland]]. Two of them went ashore and explored the area. Not much later they disappeared back into the sea.<ref>http://www.abedeverteller.nl/van-aardmannetje-tot-zwarte-juffer-een-lijst-van-nederlandse-en-vlaamse-elfen-en-geesten/</ref> And on Texel in 1621, a few fishermen found a merman in their nets. Just when they were about to reel him in though, he managed to escape. They were amazed to find out that half of his body was shaped like that of a lobster.<ref>http://www.ecomare.nl/ecomare-encyclopedie/mens-en-milieu/zeecultuur/fabelwezens/mensachtigen/zeemeermin-zeemeerman/ (Source taken offline)</ref>
 
It is said that back in 130 AD a big group of Mermen visited the coast of [[Friesland]]. Two of them went ashore and explored the area. Not much later they disappeared back into the sea.<ref>http://www.abedeverteller.nl/van-aardmannetje-tot-zwarte-juffer-een-lijst-van-nederlandse-en-vlaamse-elfen-en-geesten/</ref>
 
 
==Zeeland==
 
 
An old legend<ref>Uitgeverij Verba: De mooiste Nederlandse Sagen en Legenden</ref> speaks of a town in [[Zeeland]] called Westenschouwen, where one of the fisherman had caught a mermaid in his nets. She was taken aboard unwillingly where the fishermen ridiculed her and planned to bring her ashore for everyone to see. A merman rose above the waves and kindly asked the fishermen to free her, for she would surely die outside the water. But as much as he begged them, they were not interested in releasing such a unique catch. The mermen followed them into the harbor, but the townsfolk wouldn't listen to him. They answered his call by throwing rocks at him. Furiously, the merman punched the waves to foam. He preached a bad omen over the people of Westenschouwen and soon the village was cursed. The weather changed for the worse and the harbor silted. The rich became poor and the sands drifted through town, destroying entire buildings in the process. Soon enough, the whole town was covered in sand, and all that was left of Westenschouwen was a lonely little tower, protruding from the sand.
 
   
 
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Latest revision as of 14:45, 19 August 2018

Througout Dutch history, several tales have been told about the Meerman and his female counterpart the Meermin. Human encounters with these elusive creatures often ended in tragedy however, with the Dutch being eager to capitalize on their captivity.

Encounters[]

Several stories have been told about the merfolk, with the Zeeland story of Westenschouwen probably being the most renowned merman encounter. However, other parts of the Netherlands claimed to have seen them as well. It was said that in the year 130, a big group of Mermen visited the coast of Friesland. Two of them went ashore and explored the area. Not much later they disappeared back into the sea.[1] And on Texel in 1621, a few fishermen found a merman in their nets. Just when they were about to reel him in though, he managed to escape. They were amazed to find out that half of his body was shaped like that of a lobster.[2]

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